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Where to Go Cross Country Skiing in New Hampshire in 2016-17

Bretton Woods Cross Country Skiing, New Hampshire
 Cross Country skiing at Bretton Woods. Photo credit:

by Eric Hurwitz. Updated 12/2016.

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New Hampshire provides a naturally great setting for cross country skiing -- beautiful scenery and open land have that effect.

The best way to cross country ski is to find well-known areas specializing in this great winter sport. While finding your own spot is nice, it's always better to err on the side of caution and find a place that features groomed trails and professional oversight, as well as the chance for novices to learn the sport through experts "in the field."

The great (we recommend frequenting its site for everything involving skiing in New Hampshire) has come up with a tremendous list of cross country spots in New Hampshire, current as of Nov. 8, 2016 (subject to change):

Location: Rte. 302, Bartlett
Phone: 603-374-2277
Email: Web:

Total Kilometers: 70 km Groomed: 60 km Tracked: 60 km Skate Groomed: 60 km

Trail passes: adults $17; juniors (ages 8-16) free with paying adult; senior (ages 60+) $12

About: A full-service cross-country ski and snowshoe center. From the 200-year-old farmhouse base lodge, embark on an unforgettable winter adventure on more than 60 kilometers of meticulously groomed trails into the surrounding mountains. Homemade bread and soups daily, plus groomed terrain to lodging and restaurants.

Location: 210 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods
Phone: 603-278-3322
Email: Web:

Total Kilometers: 100 km Groomed: 100 km Tracked: 100 km Skate Groomed: 100 km

Trail passes: adults $21; teens (ages 13-17) $19, juniors (ages 5-12) $14, seniors (ages 65-79) $14, seniors 80+ free

About: One of the nation’s top Nordic resorts featuring wide, scenic trails for classic and skate skiing, plus snowshoeing and 11km of dog-friendly trails. Ideal learn-to-ski terrain, plus loops for the distance of your choice. Join Alpine-skiing family and friends with unique lift-served High Country trails and mountainside log cabin, plus Fabyan Fields’ groomed trails in a park-like setting adjacent to the alpine Base Lodge.

What’s New: Investments have been made in the Nordic grooming fleets. Fat bike rentals will be available, with dedicated trails for winter biking

Location: 10 Hilton Field Rd., Hanover
Phone: 603-643-6534 & 603-643-5836

Total Kilometers: 25 km Groomed: 25 km Tracked: 20 km Skate Groomed: 20 km

Trail passes: all ages $14

About: The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center maintains over twenty-five kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails on Oak Hill and Garipay Field in Hanover, New Hampshire, as well as the ice on Occom Pond for ice skating. The Cross Country Ski Center has two facilities. One is based out of the DOC House on Occom Pond, which provides equipment rentals for skiing, skating, and other winter activities, as well as group and private instruction. The other facility is at Oak Hill, located in the north-east corner of Hanover. To get there, go north on Route 10 past the Golf Course, turn right at the Co-op Market, then take a sharp left after the road turns to dirt — park in the first lot on the right.

Location: 258 Stagecoach Rd., Sunapee
Phone: 800-232-5571
Email: Web:

Total Kilometers: 30 km Groomed: 25 km Tracked: 20 km

Trail passes: ages 6+ $12

About: An affordable, family-friendly resort near Mount Sunapee, offering a network of groomed trails right out the back door. Equipment rentals, lessons, a cozy warming room with fireplace, lodging, and dining are available on site. Terrain for all abilities, but particularly welcoming for beginners, families, and groups.

Location: 10 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham
Phone: 603-863-4500

Total Kilometers: 36 km Groomed: 36 km Tracked: 30 km Skate Groomed: 30 km

Trail passes: adults $12; juniors (ages 6+) $8

About: A one-stop winter-activity center for skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and sledding. Reasonable rates, lessons for beginners and experts, a retail shop, and a variety of special events make this the ideal place to spend the day with family and friends.

What’s New:  Cross-country skiers can enjoy Eastman XC’s beautifully rebuilt Nordic Center.

Location: 1172 Easton Rd., Franconia
Phone: 800-473-5299

Total Kilometers: 65 km Groomed: 65 km Tracked: 65 km Skate Groomed: 5 km

Trail passes: all ages $12

About: Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, offering unparalleled scenic vistas amid a variety of beginner-to-expert terrain. Featuring ski, snowshoe, and ice-skate rentals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a lighted ice-skating rink, sledding and tubing hills, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Location: 341 Route 9, Roxbury
Phone: 603-358-5000

Total Kilometers: 14 km Groomed: 14 km Tracked: 14 km Skate Groomed: 14 km

Trail passes: adults $8; juniors (ages 6-17) $7

About: Great cross-country trails; located directly on Route 9, the Gorge is simple to get to. Trails date back decades and have been reconstructed with the latest technology for superior conditions.

Location: Rte. 16, Pinkham Notch
Phone: 603-466-2333

Total Kilometers: 45 km Groomed: 22 km Tracked: 22 km Skate Groomed: 22 km

Trail passes: adults $20; juniors (ages 5-12) $12

About: Located at the base of Mount Washington, Nordic skiers can come experience beginner terrain with customized snow elements and simple terrain features, promoting faster learning in a non-intimidating environment. For a truly unforgettable experience, climb into a custom nine-passenger four-track SnowCoach for a thrilling ride to treeline at 4,000 feet on the Mount Washington Auto Road. Selection and service at Great Glen Outfitters are second to none, and breakfast and lunch at the Glen View Café offer some of the best views in New Hampshire. Great Glen Trails has invested in improvements to increase terrain during early and low snow seasons.

What’s New: An expanded snowmaking system will maximize efficiency. Plus, two trails were reconstructed to allow them to be opened earlier in the season. The addition of a second snowmobile for early season and low snow grooming will add to the center’s ability to offer cross country terrain as early as possible this year.

Location: 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford, NH 03249
Phone: 603-293-4341

Total Kilometers: 50 km Groomed: 50 km Tracked: 15 km Skate Groomed: 38 km

Trail passes: adults $17; teens (ages 13-17) $17; children (ages 6-12) $14; seniors (ages 65+) $14 

About: A full-service Nordic and snowshoe center in the heart of the Lakes Region, Gunstock even has snowmaking to cover the trails when Mother Nature doesn’t. Experience the snowy wilderness of New England in a pristine outdoor environment as you stride, skate, or snowshoe Gunstock’s extensive set-track and single-track trail system. Equipment rentals and lesson programs are available for all skill levels and disciplines, and when you’re done playing in the woods be sure to visit Gunstock’s historic base lodge for some après fun.

WHAT'S NEW: Fat Tire Bikes are the newest trend for on-snow exercise and exploration. Rent a bike by the hour or day to discover why this sport has become so popular.The Gunstock cross country center is the host venue for a number of innovative, fun and competitive events this winter. From traditional Nordic races and snowshoe tours, to mixed condition trail runs and endurance hill climbs, to fat tire bike race series, check out for a complete list of events, tours and competitions.

Location: 153 Main St., Jackson
Phone: 603-383-9355

Total Kilometers: 154 km Groomed: 93 km Tracked: 93 km Skate Groomed: 93 km

Trail passes: adults $21; juniors (ages 10-15) $10; seniors (over 65) $17

About: A not-for-profit organization focused on providing the largest family-friendly and affordable cross-country and snowshoe center in the eastern U.S. The 150-plus-kilometer trail system, offering something for everyone, starts in the heart of picturesque Jackson Village and meanders through rolling fields, along streams, past warming huts and spectacular views, and straight to the doors of a dozen inns, restaurants, and pubs. We even offer 15 KM of pet friendly trails. Rentals, retail shop, and refreshments are available at the spacious lodge. Offering daily lessons, weekly tours, group rates, and more than 100 special events throughout the winter. Alpine skiers get 33% off on Sundays. If you are looking for adventurous backcountry skiing, we offer some of the best! Ski the backside of Wildcat Mountain with a vertical drop of 3,245 ft.

What’s New: Jackson XC Center is in the midst of a $500,000 capital campaign. The newly expanded 154 km (96 mi) facility has added four new trails totalling six kilometers (3.75 miles) along with eight new bridges.  The work done over the summer represents the largest trail expansion/improvement project in the Jackson XC Center’s history, and the largest expansion in the Northeast this season.

Location: 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln
Phone: 800-229-5666

Total Kilometers: 20 km Groomed: 20 km Tracked: 8 km

Trail passes: all ages $15

About: Explore a serene network of Nordic trails that parallel the Pemigewasset River and climb through the forest along old logging roads.

Location: 279 NH Rte. 16 & 302, Intervale
Phone/Lodging: 603-356-9920

Total Kilometers: 45 km Groomed: 45 km Tracked: 45 km Skate Groomed: 45 km

Trail passes: adults $15; juniors (ages 6-14) $10; seniors (ages 60-70) $10; seniors 70+ and kids (6 and under) ski free.

About: Inn-to-inn touring on more than 45 kilometers of trails through riverside hayfields, mountainside spruce, and hemlock forests, with diverse terrain for all abilities. Trails connect the town of Intervale with North Conway Village, offering views of the Saco River and magnificent Mount Washington. Rentals, lessons, snowshoe tours, and stay-and-ski-free lodging packages are available.

Location: 47 North Main St., Wolfeboro
Phone: 603-569-3151

Total Kilometers: 30 km Groomed: 30 km Tracked: 30 km Skate Groomed: 30 km

Trail passes: adults $12; teens (ages 13-17) $10; juniors (ages 12 and younger) and seniors 70+ free

About: The “XC Village of the Lakes Region,” a New Hampshire Magazine 2012 “Editors’ Pick” as “Best Cross-Country Ski Deal”: “Leading the pack with community-run, family-friendly, affordable, and beautiful cross-country skiing.” Voted 2014’s “Best Nordic Ski Shop in New England.” New for 2014–15: 2-kilometer Manmade Snow Loop. Cross-country skiing’s best-kept secret: Come see for yourself.

What’s New: Nordic Skier Wolfeboro added a new John Deere Gator grooming machine to the fleet, plus a 108” Yellowstone Ginzugroomer. Also there have been upgrades and improvements to many trails making them skiable with less snow cover. Nordic Skier is currently planning and implementing a permanent 2km cross-country ski loop scheduled for completion during the 2017-18 season.

Location: 220 Mountain Rd., New London
Phone: 603-381-8685

Total Kilometers: 20 km Groomed: 20 km Tracked: 20 km Skate Groomed: 20 km

Trail passes: adults $15

About: A community-based organization with a cross-country ski area open to the public; 20 kilometers of groomed-track skiing. The parking facility is located three miles from Lake Sunapee Country Club. Rentals available at Village Sports in New London (603-526-4948). Don’t miss Robb’s Warming Hut (open weekends only), on Robb’s Hut trail where they have just refurbished two bridges and are offering hot drinks, snacks, and a fun destination, located just a 20-minute ski from the trailhead.

Location: 1251 Eaton Rd., East Madison
Phone: 800-FREE-SKI

Total Kilometers: 28 km Groomed: 15 km Tracked: 15 km Skate Groomed: 15 km

Trail passes: adults $10; juniors (ages 6-12) $7

About: Twenty-eight kilometers of cross-country and snowshoe trails wind around Purity Lake and throughout New Hampshire Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary. Terrain to satisfy all abilities, plus scenic views and unblemished forest throughout the 1,000-acre property. Lessons and rentals are available.

Location: Town Square, Waterville Valley
Phone: 800-GO-VALLEY

Total Kilometers: 70 km Groomed: 70 km Tracked: 70 km Skate Groomed: 70 km

Trail passes: adults $22; teens (ages 13-17) $20; juniors (ages 6-13) $18, seniors 80+ free

About: More than 70 kilometers of Nordic trails, widest in New England, provide diversity and challenge to both novice and expert skiers amid the splendor of White Mountain National Forest. Trails are groomed daily; wide range of terrain, from novice to expert, for both skate and classic styles. At day’s end, the Nordic Center provides a crackling fire and the amenities of Town Square.

Location: 1180 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich
Phone: 603-878-2869

Total Kilometers: 40 km Groomed: 40 km Tracked: 40 km Skate Groomed: 40 km

Trail passes: adults $18; juniors (ages 8-17) $14; seniors (65+) $16

About: Nestled in the wooded hills of the Monadnock Region, 40 kilometers of exciting trails with beautiful views from the fields. Unbeatable grooming with two PistenBully snowcats and three snowmobiles.

What’s New: The Lodge at Windblown welcomes you with a rental shop, a restaurant, and plenty of room to relax by the fire, and it is now a full-service event space available May through November with a commercial kitchen and outdoor spaces for events. The New Warming Hut, available for rent year-round, has eco-friendly solar power and sustainably harvested timber. The new “Clear View Camp” tiny home also welcomes guests.  

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